Category Archives: AmWriting

Writing the Heartbreaking

  Once you start telling people you’re an author, you occasionally run across those who will casually diminish that or the value of your stories. “Oh, if I had more time, I could be too.” “Yeah, but you write romance.” “Do you actually make money at it?” “Oh, I have a great idea for a story…something you should write.” For […]

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Demon or Muse?

  So, I’m coming off a three week intensive writing and revising cycle. The idea for a story came to me three weeks ago and it was insane–it was impossibly difficult. I thought, “No way can I make that work. No way can I write that. I’m not organized enough. I don’t map scenes. I need to forget it.” So, […]

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Re: Writing Romance is so Easy

  Every few days in the social media community it seems there’s another article somewhere about how writing romance is paint-by-numbers, has no character development, takes very little research, and can be accomplished in an afternoon by a bored, undersexed housewife who’s read a few bodice rippers and has a passing knowledge of the English language. Supposedly, we rely heavily […]

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Do Opposites Attract?

  Often when you’re dealing with romance editors/publishers as a writer, one of the things you need to figure out is what makes one character the RIGHT person for the other? What does your heroine have that your hero needs in his life to be happy and vice versa? There’s a whole trope out there for “opposites attract” and many […]

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OCD in a Writer

    I started writing as more than just a way of blogging or the occasional short story in October of 2008. My brother said, “I bet you could write a whole novel.” I took that as a challenge. Within around two weeks, I’d written a whole novel. I took “write what you know” to heart and wrote a romance/mystery […]

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Hitting the End of a Series

    With the final planned book on my Taming the Pack series out, it’s somewhat bittersweet to be in this moment where you walk out of the world and move on. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve felt this before when reading books. I’m going to share something with you that I’ve never told another living soul… (Okay, that’s a […]

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Writing a Character with PTSD

  My book “Crazy Over You” has a character with a rough history but a strong survival instinct and, right from the beginning, her point-of-view was easier and harder. I’m familiar with someone brushing the ugly side of sanity. In later edits when my editor suggested I add flashbacks for her, I was reluctant because I wasn’t quite sure how […]

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Who Owns a Story and its Characters?

  This post isn’t meant to argue over the legal/financial ownership of a book’s text and characters, but the thoughts and inferences made of characters and text. If I read Winnie the Pooh and decided that Christopher Robin was actually the imaginary friend and the entire book was a metaphor for the plight of bears in modern society, am I […]

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Creating a Shifter World

  I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately. It’s what I do when I’m sick, stressed, can’t sleep, or just need an escape. So, I’ve been adding rapidly to my list of books read in 2015 as well as my list of flawed characters.  But, lately, I’ve been looking for a different sort of book: shifter books. I’ve aimed for […]

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Writing About Challenged Characters

  As you may have seen from my Perfectly Flawed List of Books, characters with an easy run at life don’t interest me as much. I love characters who have bigger things at play than a little misunderstanding. In On His List, the main character Owen has OCD. In Past My Defenses, Vanessa had a real battle with allergies and […]

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